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This article reported how five preservice teachers constructed and developed their teacher identity in a year-long teacher residency partnered between a university-based teacher education program and schools in Louisiana, United States. Drawing on a sociocultural approach to identity development and the ‘third space’ theory, qualitative data were collected from individual interviews, classroom observations, and document analysis. Findings suggested that participants experienced an ongoing teacher identity construction while learning to teach in the hybrid, in-between ‘third space’ residency. Key elements of the residency, including the mentored co-teaching experiences and learning opportunities situated in authentic school contexts, facilitated the participants’ learning about teaching and teacher identity negotiation. Implications for teacher education practice, policy, and research were discussed.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2022
Learning to teach across the boundary: A cultural historical activity theory perspective on a university-school partnership in Vietnam
Featuring a fundamental component in initial teacher education (ITE), the practicum also presents pre-service teachers (PSTs) with challenges arising in the process of crossing the boundary between the university and school. This paper draws on the Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) to analyse case study data on a university-school partnership in Vietnam. Findings reveal a ‘separatist’ partnership, characterised by marked division of labour, and insufficient communication between the partners. In light of CHAT, the paper offers a renewed understanding of partnership, whereby contradictions are viewed as valuable for learning as consistent ideas and values held by the partners.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2021
This study aims to better understand the role of mentor teacher–mediated experiences in preservice teachers (PTs)’ progress toward the vision of teaching advocated by their programs. Data were collected from multiple cohorts of preservice science teachers at two university-based teacher preparation programs. Employing a qualitative, multiple case study approach, a total of 35 cases were analyzed focusing on the quality of mentor teacher–mediated experiences (i.e., modeling program-advocated vision of teaching, supporting PTs’ experimentation, and providing feedback), and its relationship to PTs’ progress over time. The analyses show that mentor teachers’ supportiveness for PTs’ experimentation played a critical role in facilitating PTs’ desirable changes. Well-structured experimentation created conditions for PTs to notice, leverage, and expand students’ sense-making repertoires in classrooms. Mentors’ modeling of program-recommended practices was not necessarily related to PTs’ progress. This study raises questions about prevalent perceptions of a good mentor teacher as someone who models program-recommended practices.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2021
This study aimed to examine what prospective teachers (PSTs) noticed while watching video of their own co-teaching, particularly in a microteaching setting that consisted of peers. The findings reveal that PSTs PSTs demonstrated the ability to look beyond themselves in the video and focus on students and student learning. The majority of PSTs' observations also included some aspect of the mathematical content they were attempting to help students understand in the video. PSTs also demonstrated the ability to dissect specific moments of their teaching. They also consider some observations in regard to previous teaching experiences and theories.
Updated: Oct. 29, 2017
This work had two purposes. First, the authors wanted to organize an experience for the preservice teachers in which they would engage in inquiry into their own practice. Second, as teacher educators, they hoped to learn about their own practices and the ways they encourage an inquiry stance during student teaching. The authors conclude that introducing self-study to preservice teachers can be a way to encourage deeper understandings of practice and critique-oriented reflective experience that emerged from the data collection, analysis, and collaboration processes. The experience promoted collegial talk among groups and prompted questions about practice that reframed experiences.
Updated: Jan. 22, 2017
This article reports on a study of the practices of a cohort of traditionally appointed teacher educators with the responsibility for facilitating teacher learning and learning teaching. The findings from the study revealed that the number of years of experience as a teacher educator was not related to competence or effectiveness.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2014
The authors developed the practicum-based microteaching model based on the notion of 'approximations of practice' to explore how the concept provides meaningful opportunities for preservice teachers' teacher learning in a general secondary methods course. The results reveal that the practicum-based microteaching model provided preservice teachers with opportunities for interactive learning practices, for rehearsal, revision, and retrial, and for manageable chunking of professional practices. Moreover, this study also found that preservice teachers well accepted the learning tasks such as planning and teaching a microlesson as manageable chunks of professional practices in teacher education.
Updated: Sep. 03, 2013
Pathways in Learning to Teach Elementary Science: Navigating Contexts, Roles, Affordances and Constraints
This case study of a fifth-year elementary intern’s pathway in learning to teach science focused on her science methods course, placement science teaching, and reflections as a first-year teacher. The authors studied the sociocultural contexts within which the intern learned, their affordances and constraints, and participants’ perspectives on their roles and responsibilities, and her learning.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2013
The purpose of this article is to add to and challenge the conversations about what learning to teach mathematics requires and how its complexity makes content-specific induction and rich opportunities to learn not only desirable but also essential. The authors report on the cases of two well-started novice mathematics teachers. The two new teachers made considerable progress in their teaching. However, there was still much about the complexity of teaching, specifically teaching math, that the new teachers had to learn.
Updated: May. 28, 2012
This self-study addresses the author's experiences as a new teacher educator learning to teach in an introductory foundations course. The author wanted to encourage her students to recognize and grapple with the complexities and dilemmas of educational ideas. The author used Freirian orientation to transformational learning. By using this framework, two key themes emerged: developing voice, and the tension between accountability and authenticity. In conclusion, the author outlines the lessons she learned.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2011